United Way of Chattanooga

Countdown Registration - May 30
May 22nd, 2015 10:19 AM

Saturday, May 30, 2 to 4 p.m.
Eastgate Library, 5705 Marlin Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411

Be a Countdown Kid! 

Sign up for the Creative Discovery Museum's "Countdown to Kindergarten" program for rising preschoolers who turn 5 before Sept. 1, 2015 and enter Kindergarten (or begin Kindergarten studies) at the end of this summer.  
What is Countdown to Kindergarten?
Countdown to Kindergarten is a FREE community awareness program promoting the importance of readiness skills. The Countdown to Kindergarten Club is dedicated to helping children prepare for that important first year at “big school” in Hamilton County.
Who is involved in Countdown to Kindergarten? Creative Discovery Museum and other area organizations worked together to create material to help prepare all children for kindergarten in Hamilton County.
What do club members get? Every Countdown Kid gets a free t-shirt, punch card for two free visits to Creative Discovery Museum, and tip sheets to prepare for the exciting milestone of kindergarten.
Benefits include:
  • Resources to help prepare for the exciting milestone of kindergarten
  • Free Countdown shirt 
  • Punch card good for two free visits to Creative Discovery Museum 
  • Email and text messages about community events supporting kindergarten readiness

Other Important Dates: 

  • Saturday, June 13: Countdown Registration, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Northgate Branch of the Chattanooga Public Library, on 278 Northgate Mall Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37415 
  • Saturday, June 21: Countdown Class, 9 a.m. to 
  • Saturday, June 27: Countdown Registration, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Eastgate Branch of the Chattanooga Public Library, on 5705 Marlin Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411
  • Saturday, July 11: Countdown Registration, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Downtown Branch of the Chattanooga Public Library, on 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga, TN 37402
  • Sunday, July 19: Countdown Class, 9 a.m. to 
  • Saturday, August 1: Countdown Celebration,  

Sponsored and supported by UNUM and United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

Also developed in partnership with Chattanooga Area Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC), Chattanooga Area Head Start, Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga Public Library, Chattanooga Youth and Family Development, Child Care Resource and Referral, First Things First, Hamilton County Dept. of Education, Read 20, Siskin Children’s Institute, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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Red Nose Day - May 21
May 20th, 2015 6:28 PM

Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. The inaugural Red Nose Day will be held in the US on May 21. People across the country will come together to have fun and raise funds and awareness. The day's events will culminate in a three-hour entertainment TV special on NBC featuring the country's favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars—it's a show not to be missed!

Money raised during the Red Nose Day campaign goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which then distributes grants to charities that benefit children and young people in the US and some of the poorest communities in the world. This year, Red Nose partnered with twelve amazing nonprofit organizations that work towards Red Nose Day’s goal of keeping children safe, educated and healthy! UNITED WAY is one of those US charities!

Founded in 1988 by film director Richard Curtis, Red Nose Day encourages everyone from kids to corporates to do something fun in the name of raising awareness around a serious global issue, while also raising funds to help identify and deliver solutions. It’s clear why United Way is excited to be a part of introducing Red Nose Day to the U.S.

On May 21 at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT, WRCB TV 3 - our local NBC station - will be airing a 3-hour star-studded comedy telethon to raise money and awareness about children in poverty around the world. With appearances by Jack Black, Julia Roberts, Coldplay, Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Aniston, Ciara, and Adam Levine and more; plus comedy sketches by Funny Or Die, this event promises a lot of fun for an important cause.

But you can do more than just watch the telethon. Be a part of the movement. Undoubtedly, if you’re ever on social media, you’ve seen someone donning the famous red nose. We know… you’re jealous and you want to know where you can get one. It’s simple: visit Walgreens and you can pick your nose. You can even pick your friend’s nose too! For just $1 you can help make a difference.

UW red nose photo

But that’s not the end of your engagement. No, no. You know what you have to do. Yep…put it on. Do something funny. Take a picture. Share it online using #RedNose and #LIVEUNITED. Then keep it on and spread the word in your community. Wear your nose tomorrow during a volunteer event, on your way to work, or at one of your meetings. It’s a conversation starter that will help shine a light on the issue at hand.

Red Nose Day is Thursday, and we know you’re excited to get involved. But your ability to do something good for the community doesn’t have to end there. United Way offers a variety of ways you can help your community thrive. Find volunteer opportunities in your area. Discover how you can take action and advocate for a cause that matters to you. Or, make a donation to help keep impactful community programs going.

Don’t miss Red Nose Day USA on May 21 at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT on WRCB TV 3. Wear your red nose. And, help make a difference in your community with United Way.

matt laur


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Show Your Appreciation!
May 7th, 2015 9:25 AM

During Teacher Appreciation Week, students, parents and communities find ways to recognize all the good that teachers do. Volunteers pay tribute to teachers too, by giving their time to read with young children, tutor students at risk for falling behind and mentor older children to help keep them on the right path. Volunteers help reinforce what teachers do best: find and nurture students’ potential.

Volunteer with a child

Teachers play a critical role in building a good foundation for children to become successful adults who can make a difference in their communities. Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life; teachers make success possible. Education helps the whole community. High school graduates have higher earning potential, contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also graduate, and go on to higher education or work. We have teachers to thank for all of that.

But they can’t do it alone. We all have a stake in student success. United Way is committed to helping keep kids on track to graduation and beyond. We – and teachers – need your help. High school graduation rates are on the rise, but they will continue to improve only with active and engaged members of the community. So thank a teacher in your life, and then call our volunteer center at 752-0316 or visit www.iHelpChattanooga.org and volunteer to make a difference that lasts a lifetime.

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